Nizwa is located in the heart of Oman about 165 km from Muscat the capital city. Driving is about an hour and a half.
The following are tourist attractions in Nizwa:
Hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity, Nizwa fort reflects the military engineering prowess of fort-builders of a bygone time. It is also one of the Sultanate’s finest historical edifices, attracting great numbers of tourists each year.
Weekend visit to the fort with some good friends!
Jebel Shams – Oman ’s Grand Canyon. Jebel in arabic is mountain and the word Jebel Shams means ‘ Sun Mountain ’ because it is the first place to greet sunlight at dawn and the last to say farewell at dusk. The highest point lies at 3010 metres. The drive takes around 1.5hrs to the base of the mountain.
The spectacular balcony walk is a must if you are making the journey to Jebel shams. The 4 hour trek (2hrs each way) takes you along the edge of Omans Grand Canyon offering incredible views of the mountain range and the villages below.
with my Auncle Jun during his visit in March 2012.
There are several camp sites that provides accomodation (tents and chalets) for those who want to stay overnight at the top of the mountain. For more information contact Hamed at 92663837 or email at email@example.com.
Al Hoota caves nestled at the feet of Jebel Shams. It is more than 5km long traversed by underground River. A stunning scenery greets you just before you reach the place. The cave has an extraordinary dimension and features an electric train . The 840-metre illuminated walkway with railings make finding your way inside the cool cave easy. The cave, punctuated with dozens of intriguing ancillary chambers and offshoots, carves its way from north to south tapering through the flanks of a large mountain.
IT IS IMPORTANT that you make your reservation before going to Al Hoota. For more information you may call 24498258.
Jabrin Fort is one of the finest and most attractive forts in Oman, being designed initially as a palace by Bil’arab bin Sultan an Imam of the Ya’aruba dynasty in the 1600’s and later converted to a fort. The castle has been restored to its former glory including rooms with magnificent teak panelled and decorated ceilings. The fort was built with local stone in separate stages and consists of two blocks with adjoining courtyards in the centre. The rooms in both wings have high ceilings and plastered walls and the principal room of the fort is known as the Sun and Moon room. This room has a richly decorated ceiling, panelled with teak and decorated with floral motifs and verses from the Quran.
with my friend Sena and Auncle Jun.
Auncle Jun talking to his wife telling how beautiful Oman is.
You may consider Tanuf. Waterfalls in Tanuf are unique to the area within the steep mountain sides and the water reservoir, you may want to spend a picnic day.
with Eric and Tita Nora enjoying the massage from the waterfall.
Jebel Akhdar is translated as Green Mountain. It is not really a mountain, it is area of Saiq Plateau, at 2000 meters above sea level. You need to have the travel document with you, as there is a military control before entering the plateau. There is also a rule that only the cars with four-wheel-drive are allowed to enter the territory, as some of the roads are really steep. Conveniently there is a car rental at Birkat Al Mawz.
The road from the village to plateau is excellent – for car and for driver. The drive is very scenic. Up at the plateau there are many villages, one hotel, a maze of roads and trails.
Oman Off-road Explorer suggested that if you have only three hours, Diana’s check point is a must see. This marvelous promontory with commanding views got the name after Princess Diana’s visit with helicopter at 1990.
Jebel Akhdar Hotel is one of the few hotel at the top of the mountain. It is a 3 star hotel that has luxuriously designed and furnished suites, double and single bedrooms for the comfortable stay of guests. Their restaurant serves a selection of various delicious food from its la carte menu. BBQ ad Buffet services are also arranged from time to time.
The pomegranate harvest of Jabal Akhdar
September is the month when pomegranates mature and bloom in Al Jabal al Akhdar. The variety of pomegranates grown here are among the finest in the world. They come in big sizes and are delicious to taste. The pomegranate trees are found in plenty in various areas around the mountain.